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You're not an old crone, miss Hermione.
— Smithers to Hermione[src]

Smithers is a recurring character on Riverdale. He is portrayed by Tom McBeath.

He was the butler of the Lodge Family until being replaced, likely by Hiram Lodge due to the fact that Smithers was encouraging Veronica to avoid him. After Veronica took notice in their new butler, Hiram Lodge claimed that Smithers left to care for his sickly mother overseas, thus Andre came in as his new replacement.

Early Life

Smithers and Hermione Lodge apparently have a long history, one going back at least fifteen to sixteen years, as he was fairly comfortable with her, yet unfamiliar with her daughter, Veronica. The extent of their relationship is currently unknown.

Throughout Riverdale

Season 1

Return of the Lodges

Season 1 Episode 1 The River's Edge Smithers and Hermione

Smithers welcoming Veronica and Hermione

Smithers welcomed Hermione home, greeting her with a hug and kiss, then becoming acquainted with her daughter, Veronica. He offers to get the bags but not without first asking if they would like a menu to order in. Hermione declines his generous offer as she would prefer one of Pop Tate's cheeseburgers from the shoppe. The next day, as he assisted Hermione in bringing up her bags, she graciously thanked him for all of his help. But no thanks is necessary as he's happy to lend a hand, despite the rest of Riverdale not being as eager. Before leaving, he informed Hermione of her 'missing' bag that was returned by the car service. [1]

Smithers brought in Hermione's dry-cleaning, From there, he learned that she would be accompanied by Fred Andrews at the Twilight Drive-In. Hermione explained that an attractive woman going with an old friend, is far less conspicuous than an older woman going alone. [2]

At Veronica's request, Smithers assisted in taking her recently purchased items to her room, much to Hermione's dismay. [3]

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Smithers handing Veronica her package

Having known both Hermione and Hiram Lodge for such a long period of time, it was Smithers that Veronica went to when seeking answers. She asked Smithers if he would describe her father as a good man, a question that he deiced best left unanswered. However, when asked about her mother, Smithers replied that there was no doubt in his mind that she was unequivocally good. Later that day, as Veronica returned to the Pembrooke, he handed her a package from her father. [4]

Upon learning that Hiram Lodge would be released from prison soon, Smither wondered when exactly he should be expecting his return. Hermione told him not until the end of the month but everything had to be perfect. Veronica then remarked that they would not want to make daddy angry.[5]

Season 2

Sometime during the commotion of Mr. Andrews being shot at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe, his wallet, containing his personal information, was lost; it is assumed to have been taken by the unknown assailant. After Archie snapped at Veronica, for unpacking his father's belongings from the hospital, she tasked Smithers to go and pick up a brand new Barnaby's wallet for Archie, as a gift for Mr. Andrews until his personal wallet can be recovered.[6]

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Smithers warning Veronica

On the main floor of the Pembrooke, Smithers warned Veronica against taking the front exit as she may run into her father, suggesting that she take the side door instead. However, Hiram overheard Smithers as he was warning Veronica, and it would appear that he did not take kindly to Smithers' meddling. As a result of this, Smithers was presumably replaced by another servant under Hiram's orders, though Hiram claimed that Smithers' mother fell ill, and that he went home overseas to take care of her.[7]

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Smithers meeting Jughead at the bus station

Upon learning that Jughead Jones was plotting to stop Hiram Lodge's SoDale project, Smithers called Jughead to arrange a meeting at the Riverdale Bus Station. Smithers explained that he was privy to Hiram Lodge's personal affairs such as coordinating transportation to Shankshaw prison. Hiram also received mail from the warden of the prison. Before parting ways, Smithers asked how Veronica was fairing in the midst of it all.

A day later, outside Town Hall, Smithers watched as the Lodges held a press conference to announce that Hermione Lodge would be running for Mayor.[8]

Physical Appearance

Smithers is an older man with tan skin, blue eyes, and grey hair. An accurate description of what he wears outside of work is currently unavailable, as he has only ever been seen in his black and burgundy servant's uniform while working at the Pembrooke.

Personality

Smithers is a loyal servant of the Lodges, he seems to be particularly fond of Hermione, considering that the two of them hugged following her return to Riverdale. Although Hiram Lodge is a terrible man, Smithers' refusal to speak ill of him speaks volumes, proving just how loyal he truly is towards the Lodge family.

Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Trivia

  • Smithers used the code-name "Deep Throat" when he leaked information about Hiram Lodge to Jughead. It is a fairly common pseudonym used by a secret informant, starting from 1972, with the one providing information in what came to be known as the Watergate scandal.

Gallery

See also: Category:Images of Smithers

Season 1 Screencaps

Season 2 Screencaps

References

  1. Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto (writer) & Krieger, Lee Toland (director) (January 26, 2017). "Chapter One: The River's Edge". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 1. The CW.
  2. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Piznarski, Mark (director) (February 16, 2017). "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 4. The CW.
  3. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (March 9, 2017). "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 7. The CW.
  4. Lundin, Britta & Paterson, E. Brian (writers) & Wilkinson, Dawn (director) (April 13, 2017). "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 10. The CW.
  5. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Toland Krieger, Lee (director) (May 11, 2017). "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter". Riverdale. Season 1. Episode 13. The CW.
  6. Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert (writer) & Seidenglanz, Rob (director) (October 11, 2017). "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 1. The CW.
  7. Grassi, Michael (writer) & Anders, Allison (director) (October 18, 2017). "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 2. The CW.
  8. Allen, Aaron (writer) & Piznarski, Mark (director) (March 14, 2018). "Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood". Riverdale. Season 2. Episode 15. The CW.